Dedicated to Dance
Women and Men of Fashion hosted a luncheon to benefit ballet and dance training in New Orleans.
Honorees Joseph S. DiFatta Jr., Patricia Riddlebarger and Steve Trotter
Photographed by Jeff Strout
For the past decade, the members of Women and Men of Fashion have worked alongside the New Orleans Ballet Association’s staff and board and the members of BRAVO (Ballet Resource And Volunteer Organization) to benefit the nationally award-winning education and scholarship programs of NOBA.
At this year’s “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon & Fashion Show,” Men of Fashion presented the Emeritus Award to Mr. James E. Fitzmorris Jr. and the Women of Fashion presented the Founder’s Award to Dr. Aysen Young.
The annual luncheon highlight, Jeff Chouest of Jeff’s Haberdashery and Rebecca Nordgren of Chatta Box presented the runway Fashion Show for this year’s event, which featured New Orleans notables in addition to professional models.
A Champagne Reception sponsored by Brown-Forman preceded the luncheon, and the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans generously hosted an Honorees’ Cocktail Reception.
The main event featured a silent auction, which included more than 120 prizes such as artwork, vacations, restaurant gift certificates, concert tickets, Saints tickets, jewelry, golf packages and more. Auctioneers Brett and Cheryl Baumann led the live auction of a four-day stay in a luxury penthouse in Chicago donated by Carl Panebiango.
A raffle featured a $2,500 Rubenstein’s Shopping Spree and an exquisite sterling silver and diamond David Yurman Wheaton ring donated by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. There was also a champagne pull, which for the third year sold out bottles of champagne donated by members.
Luncheon Chairs were Melanie Cannatella and Cheryl Georgusis; Juli Miller Hart served as emcee.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon & Fashion Show,” benefiting Women of Fashion & Men of Fashion
When: Wednesday, April 5
Where: Hilton Riverside New Orleans
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